Kate Symes

Kate Symes took her first improv class because she gave a toast at a wedding, people laughed, and she got a big head about it.

Kate has completed the training programs at Washington Improv Theater and the DC Improv. She studied acting, voice, and movement at the Studio Theater in DC. She’s taken classes in improv and sketch writing at Second City in Chicago, and workshops with teachers from UCB, Magnet, and People’s Improv Theaters in New York. Kate is obsessed with classes.

A current member of Commonwealth, Sistine Robot, and The Haddington Club, she’s been lucky to perform with those teams and others at festivals around the country. She performed in WIT’s 2012 production of POTUS Among Us and 2015 production of Improv Actually. Yes, Kate has a day job.


Photo by Darian Glover

Best Dance Move
Wild Hip Gyrations
Favorite Historical Figure
Mahatma Gandhi

As a member of WIT’s faculty since 2011, Kate has delighted in teaching all levels of students the principles of improv – support, agreement, listening, and exploration.

Kate is passionate about helping students find their sense of self-confidence, rediscover their ability to play, and take the skills they learn in the classroom into their daily lives or onto the stage. She also thinks it’s cool as heck to play games and laugh with other funny folks LIKE IT’S HER JOB.

Student Feedback

“Kate is a star! Hilarious and confident.”

“Kate is fantastic at providing targeted feedback. She both went above and beyond to make this class a success.”

“Kate gave lots of constructive feedback and created an awesome atmosphere. By far the best class/ instructor I’ve had at WIT.”

Photo by Darian Glover

Favorite Word
Champagne
Hidden Talent
I don't hide my talents. But if you didn't know, I can do a handstand.